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Just Look Up

(Harbor Pointe #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,279 ratings  ·  275 reviews
After tirelessly climbing the ranks of her Chicago-based interior design firm, Lane Kelley is about to land her dream promotion when devastating news about her brother draws her back home--a quaint tourist town full of memories she'd just as soon forget. With her cell phone and laptop always within reach, Lane aims to check on her brother while staying focused on work--som ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published July 2017)
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I really connected easily with these characters and enjoyed every moment of this story. I've known people who felt like Lane outsider in their own family. Not just any family to feel alone in, either—five kids and many honorary kids, because her parents had huge hearts and wanted to help all sorts of people. But Lane is so different, and all she can see are the differences, and the pain of having been teased in school mercilessly (and her mother doesn't think the teasing was that bad, b ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

This book.

It purse whomped ME in the best possible way.

A heroine who is so attached to her work, to her dreams, that she’s more stressed about missing her deadline than she is about the family emergency that called her away. A heroine who deals with body image issues, anxiety issues, and may need to be surgically separated from her smart phone.

Oh my goodness, y’all. I related to Lane on so many levels.

And then there’s Ryan Brooks. Can we just say yum-my?!? He lived up to all my swoonilicio
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
The title of this book is absolutely perfect! The story portrays a powerful theme of the importance of looking up from technology or the busyness of the daily grind to cultivate our relationships with those around us, appreciate the beauty of life, and take time for peaceful moments. A deeper theme is looking up to God for help with accomplishing this, even through our struggles and difficult times.
Lane is flawed but easy to relate to. She has many hurts from her growing up years and is extreme
Sarah Grace Grzy
Hmm . . . I have conflicting thoughts on this . . . While it was an interesting story, I have issues with the romance and how things played out in relation to that. I loved the Michigan setting! While this definitely wasn't my favorite, I am still interested to read more by Walsh. ...more
Toni Shiloh
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Y'all, Just Look Up maybe my favorite Courtney Walsh book. I know that's hard to believe because Paper Hearts is phenomenal (not to mention her others), but I'm picking Just Look Up because I literally devoured it.

From the moment I read the opening line I was hook. Ms. Walsh effectively created tension on the very first page. I knew something was coming, but what? Side note: I don't read blurbs, unless I have to.

Every part in the story created more tension, more intrigue. Lane seemed to have a h
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of Walsh's. After reading her first three books, Sweethaven series. So I was so excited to read Just Look Up.

A book of Forgiveness and Family and a sweet romance that you are sure to fall in love with the characters. I would love to visit Brooks cabins and I would love to be part of Lane's family dinners each week.

I felt like I was living in the pages of this book as I watched great things unfold on the pages right in front of me.

I love a sweet romance with a swoon worthy character li

This book was so good and thoughtful! Just Look Up is easily one of top books I've read this year! I really just love the concept and the people in this story. Sometimes it's so easy get so caught up with the rush of life and the demands that it has, that we forget to slow down and take time to enjoy the life God has given us.

Lane was such a good character to relate to and learn from. There were so many things that hit home for me as I read this story. Lane really struggles with self- image
Katie W
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 Stars) How many times in life do we get so focused on ourselves that we can't see what's really important? I know for me, it happens more often than I'd like it to. Lane is a very successful career woman, but an accident that leaves her brother in a coma sends her home--a place where she's never felt like she belongs. My heart cracked a little bit for Lane, even though at first, I didn't really understand why, especially because she's one of those powerful women who kind of intimidate me. A ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I was super excited to read this novel after hearing a lot of positive buzz. Around 20% in though, I was thinking "what is all the fuss about?". And then...the writing pulled me in with the tension and stress that Lane was going through. And the banter between Ryan and Lane was wonderful. This was a cute novel with an important message. ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
" . . . a place to belong . . . . it had been there all along . . . But she had never looked up . . . . "

For all intents and purposes, Lane Kelly is super-glued to her high profile interior design career in Chicago; answering every text, posting on every blog, keeping up with the competition and its incessant chatter on social media, all in hopes of "making it", proving to herself and others that she is somehow worthy of their admiration. When a desperate phone call interrupts one of the most im
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*Update for audio book:
I loved this book so much. I had read it a few years ago and then decided to purchase the audio book. I am so glad I did. It was a joy to listen to and I got chills at the end of the story because of the wonderful ending. The narrator did a great job bringing this beautiful story to life.*

Just Look Up was a journey in forgiveness, taking chances, and learning to live life instead of being glued to a phone. I really felt for the main characters, Ryan and Lane. They both had
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a pleasant surprise. When I read the description I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it. I ended up really liking it, A LOT! I think part of it is I related a great deal to Lane. Maybe not in as driven as she was in her career, but in her feelings about “going home.”

Lane was a complicated character who carried a lot of baggage, in her anger and hurt. I’m not going to say she didn’t have reason, but her story is a great reminder of the dangers of unforgiveness in one’s life.

The story was very go
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the third book I have read by Courtney Walsh and definitely count it as my favorite so far. Lane Kelly is a high powered interior designer burying herself in her work to hide all the pain of being bullied and teased when she was growing up due to a weight problem. But when her brother is seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, she has no choice but to head back to Harbor Point. Ryan Brooks was mentored by Lane's Dad as a pre-teen/teenager when he was trying to avoid his drunken, abus ...more
Carole Jarvis
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh is everything that a contemporary romance should be … beautifully conveyed setting on the shores of Lake Michigan, well-drawn lead characters who are appealing and relatable, descriptive narrative that flows easily across the page, and spiritual insight that touches lives.

I love Hallmark movies and couldn’t help but think how perfectly Just Look Up fits their theme, as Lane leaves the high-pressure business world
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This was my first novel by Courtney Walsh and will not be my last!
This is a real, relatable and refreshing story!
Lane Kelley has made a wonderful career for herself in Chicago. Her clients love her work, she has received many awards to prove her accomplishments and her boss is ready to give her the deal of a lifetime and promote her. Lane's story is engrossing and heart-breaking. It shows how inconsiderate people can be towards one another and what a tole a comment we want to label as "simple" c
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I was hearing some good things about this book and so I decided that I should pick it up and give it a read too! I'm sure glad I did. This book tackles some important issues of today and I felt like Courtney Walsh did a great job of making everything feel real.

Lane is an interesting character. In the beginning of the book we see Lane as she is now- fully engrossed in her work and locked up tight in herself. She is her own island. As the book progresses and Lane's story begins to fill in, we unde
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In today's society, where everyone is glued to their cell phones and tablet computers, the message of this book--put away the devices and look at your surroundings--is very inspiring and timely. In fact, I think I need to make some changes in my own digital habits. ...more
Courtney Clark
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just Look Up is both emotionally touching and relevant, with Courtney's balanced and lighthearted storytelling style. The themes in this story are serious but all presented in a personal and heart-to-heart manner. From the importance of noticing the blessings in front of you to recognizing the freedom in choosing forgiveness even when someone else doesn't, this story is a beautiful example of the power of grace.

Lane's character and her endless stress over little things show how even the best int
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Courtney I have read and while I enjoyed this overall story line this simply wasn't the book for me. The whole concept of "just looking up" and realizing what is important is wonderful. Especially now with all of the crazy things that have our constant attention, look up from your phone, pay attention to someone, acknowledge your surrounds, etc. So I loved that part of the story! I had a difficult time connecting with Lane and really struggled with being captivated by t ...more
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I first saw the title of this book, my mind immediately got to thinking this was going to be about the need to 'Look Up' and see ourselves the way God see's us. This isn't the direction that Courtney takes us, however I cannot tell you how strongly this subliminal message resonated with me.

One thing I absolutely must do at the end of a book, is read the Author notes. Here I found this phrase '"Just look up!...Look around at everything you are missing!"' How often do we live our lives, buri
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I requested a review copy of Just Look Up because I’d heard so many good things about it. Surely it couldn’t possibly measure up?

It did.
Lane is an interior designer up for a big promotion at work when her mother calls to say her brother is on life support following a motorcycle accident. She returns home, but is immediately thrown into conflict with everyone in her family (except perhaps her father, who only gets about two lines in the whole novel). The reasons behind this conflict are gradually
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just Look Up by author Courtney Walsh was a story that I think that may resonate with many people. Sometimes there are situations in our past that have so affected us that we let them define us. In this case Lane Kelley is relentless in her work drive and to achieve her dream job promotion. However, before any of that can take place, she receives emergency news from home. Her brother has been in an accident and her family wants her home. At first it may seem a bit callous of her not to want to g ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Just Look Up" by Courtney Walsh is another summer read that I am gushing about! First, I love that Courtney used Michigan in her book. As a Michigander, I just love that and I am a little bias. Second, this book will tug at every heart string you ever through was possible. You'll go from the small town life to the city life and every where in between. Your heart will break, it will repair and break all over again. You feel as though you're in the town with the characters experiencing the highs ...more
Beth Erin
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full review on Faithfully Bookish

While it's not all that unusual for a story to touch my heart (even burrow down deep and make a home there), it is a rare blessing to be challenged to the point of positive change by fiction. This book has that power. Inside this entertaining, relatable, encouraging story is a simple truth we all know yet often fail to apply...

Lane Kelley is a focused, driven, corporate ladder climbing powerhouse... she's also lonely, ridiculously overworked and underfed. Her ho
Caitlyn Santi
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars.
I adore this cover and I wanted to love this book, I really did but it just fell flat for me.
As a writer myself I know just how difficult it can be to strike just the right balance between telling and showing, and I am not opposed to a bit more telling than showing, but unfortunately this book just contained too much telling for my personal reading preference. I also would have preferred if there had been a lot less flashbacks, I mean they did add to the story, but I found the sheer nu
Just Commonly
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Maybe what she's looking for is right in front of her - if only she'd just look up.." (back cover)

If you've never read any of Courtney Walsh's books, you're missing out on some great stories with soul and messages that hits home. Her latest, Just Look Up presents to readers a message of simply looking up from what you're so focused on, and see the beauty and life around you. It's perfect for today's tendencies to fixate on our phones and tablets, or even careers and little details and miss the
Susan Snodgrass
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed every part of this book. Courtney Walsh has does an absolutely excellent job here. The characters are so well developed that they seem real even from the first page and the emotions that she has placed in them just felt so incredibly real. Not like people on the pages of a book.

Lane Kelley left her hometown after graduation and hasn't been back in 7 years when she receives horrible news about her brother that compels her to return back home to the quaint tourist town that's
100 Pages per Hour
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I get so engrossed in a book that at the end I realize I don't know what to write for a review other than "I loved it!" So I actually went back and re-read this one so I could properly review it.

I think I possibly loved it even more the second time. Mostly because the first time through I was so focused on Lane. I related to her in many ways because even though I didn't have the same exact struggles as her it did bring back some memories and made me realize how our pasts shape our fut
Karen R
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A heartfelt contemporary romance with a lot of depth! A driven career woman gets an urgent call to come home when her closest brother is in a terrible accident. This is a satisfying read that touches on difficult subjects like alcoholism, betrayal, dealing with bitterness and childhood traumas.

The characters were well developed, each with their own set of struggles rooted deeply in their childhoods. I found a lot to relate to in Lane as she finds herself back in her hometown, fighting off her i
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

Walsh's latest is an intriguing look at the busyness of modern life and the need to slow down and appreciate things. Lane's character gets tied up in the past for too long and the pace slows because of it. Her family and friends' rudeness to Lane and their inability to try to understand her hurts is grating and seems over-the-top unrealistic. The romance between Lane and Ryan is beautifully developed and more than makes up for the book's shortcomings. Readers will be captivated by their relation
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Courtney Walsh is a novelist, theatre director, and playwright. She writes small town romance and women's fiction while juggling the performing arts studio and youth theatre she owns and runs with her husband. Her debut, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists. Her novel, Just Let Go, won the Carol Award in 2019 and Just One Kiss was a 2020 Christy Award F ...more

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